Welcome to Nursing at Providence St. Patrick Hospital

Picture of Krissy Petersen, RN - Chief Nursing Officer at Providence St. Patrick Hospital

Nurses at Providence St. Patrick Hospital take immense pride in providing compassionate, safe, high-quality care to our community. St. Pat’s nurses attain outstanding, consistent clinical quality nurse sensitive outcomes and national recognitions for nursing excellence by working together and with interprofessional caregivers.

Achievements in our excellent patient outcomes and high patient experience scores have led us to be a Magnet-accredited organization since 2013. Being a Magnet hospital provides nurses with opportunities for continued or advanced education to develop or improve their skills and gain more knowledge about patient care. Nurses also have a say in creating policies and programs that improve working conditions and prevent burnout. Our Intensive Care Unit is recognized with a Beacon Award of Excellence which signifies exceptional care through improved outcomes, greater overall satisfaction, and a positive and supportive work environment.

Our nurses are life-long learners as evidenced by our remarkable specialty nursing certification rate and a high rate of baccalaureate-prepared nurses. Nurses at St. Pat’s live our promise of “Know me, care for me, ease my way” in the care we give our patients and how we care for each other in our work environment.

I am proud and humbled to lead this incredible team of nursing professionals that have been providing care to Montanans for over 150 years! Please explore our website to learn more about nursing at Providence St. Patrick Hospital.

Krissy Petersen, MS, BSN, RN, CEN
Chief Nursing Officer
Providence Montana

Our Nursing Stories - Living Our Core Values

"Dean was so kind, informative, attentive, friendly and just simply one of the best nurses we have ever encountered. Our son, as the patient, raved about what an excellent nurse Dean was and this was even when he was super sick. As a mom of a super sick 27 y.o., young, normally very healthy young man, I can honestly say that Dean was the only person that eased some extreme fears with an unknown condition. Our son started off with what we thought was a routine cold and within three weeks he had several ER visits, lost 15 pounds, started with scary neurological symptoms and ended up in the hospital for a week. Dean took such good care of him and kept us informed the whole time. He was very knowledgeable, and even researched the different conditions giving us very good information but always deferring to the doctors as appropriate. He had some of the different doctors call me when I could not be able to be at the hospital. I have been in healthcare a very long time. I have worked with many nurses in my career and in personal experiences and I honestly haven't encountered a better nurse than Dean. He is an extraordinary nurse and very deserving of this award."

"My son has a stroke and Katie was so thorough and caring and took time to talk and visit with him while she worked. When she was in his room there was laughter. I highly recommend her as an individual with exceptional character and a positive attitude. She was attentive and I felt she truly cared. This kind of trait is actually quite rare and I value it highly. Going through such a scary situation as a stroke at age 28 is a lot for my son to process and having someone who is positive and uplifting is invaluable at this time. I can only do/say so much. It is of great help to have people who are surrounding him reinforce the positivity to help with a better mental and physical outcome. Some people naturally have it and others don't. They may try and pretend/fake it but you can tell. She is a natural!"

"We were with Richard in the pre-op area as they prepared him for radical neck and tongue surgery for throat cancer. The surgery was delayed three hours. The wait would have been very tense & scary if not for Gina. Gina was everything we needed, especially Richard. She was personal and attentive and efficient. But she was light-hearted, funny and delightful in every way which was perfectly what we needed during that time. She made three hours seem like one.

P.S. My husband who is a fly fisherman said to write that even though she isn't a good fisher-woman she is a great nurse!"

Our Nursing Philosophy

To our patients

We promise to know you, hear you, engage you in your care, keep you informed, find time for you, learn from you, teach you and heal you.

To our staff

We promise to know you, hear you, engage you in patient care, keep you informed, find time for you, learn from you, teach you, support and empower you in your career.